On his blog, John Redwood posted an article entitled: “When might Germany get fed up paying for the Euro?”. Among the comments is one by Andy Baxter, timed at 8:07am. Notwithstanding the fact that when commenting on Redwood’s blog it is known that your comments are moderated, one should be able to assume that providing said comment does not contain profanity or is of a libellous nature, it will be published.
That which Andy Baxter submitted (compare and contrast) read:
“Question: “When might Germany get fed up with paying for the Euro?”
Analysis: Why? because the Franco German alliance is the EU. ‘Le Project’ has always and will always be about domination of the European land mass of Europe and its peoples, politically, ideologically, financially, legislatively, psychologically, and a whole host of other ‘ically’ ways never even thought of yet by a ruling elite or what we call a ‘political class’ unelected, unaccountable and totally corrupted by the exercise of POWER!
And by the way Mr. Redwood Germany doesn’t pay for the EU, we do, all 500 million of us irrespective of our nationality. And we do so because people of your ilk under the broken not fit for purpose system of ‘representative democracy’ don’t and won’t listen to people like us and our wishes.
Ladies and Gentlemen there is another way and it’s voice is growing: Reform2013“
There is nothing on Redwood’s blog that states links are not permitted and indeed, after the comment by Andy Baxter, there appears one from Denis Cooper, timed at 9:33am, which contains a link to an article by Open Europe. It seems odd for an MP who is a member of a government which professes to believe in transparency to edit comments and cut out that with which he/she may have no belief or affinity – but I digress.
Personally, I do not moderate comments, although I do edit any that contain profanity of any description. Once a blog owner moderates to the extent of omitting material, the content of which he may not agree, then what is being practised is but a form of censorship.
Another point worth mentioning is that John Redwood only rarely replies to comments, something I attempt to do on an individual basis. It is appreciated that Redwood gets far more comments than do I and to respond individually might not be possible for him due to time constraints. However Norman Tebbit always ends a post responding to comments made on his previous post – and I am sure that Norman Tebbit is just as busy as John Redwood – but again I digress.
Is it possible that John Redwood did take a look at the link Andy Baxter posted and thought: that is my power curtailed, I’m buggered if I’m going to allow that link!
Just asking, Mr. Redwood, just asking……….